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Dominican University is an intellectually integrated, mission-centered educational environment. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican No. 11 among the master's level universities in the Midwest.

We offer hundreds of avenues at the undergraduate and graduate levels to explore career interests and experience diverse cultures and international environments. And we organize and support 60-plus projects and learning experiences that contribute effectively to the good of local and global communities.

Rigorous Education

More than 50 undergraduate degree options, 25-plus graduate degrees and research opportunities, demanding academics, personal attention and deep interactions in classes that average 16 students.

Best Value in Illinois

U.S. News ranks Dominican 3rd on its list of “Best Value Schools” in the Midwest. In Illinois, we're No. 1. This study looks closely at each school’s academic quality and average cost of attendance. Simply put, Dominican University is committed to the highest quality education—and an intentional affordability that makes it accessible to all.

Career-enhancing Opportunities

Pre-professional programs, six fifth- and sixth-year master's degrees, multiple locations, full- and part-time schedules, evening classes and certification and endorsement programs.

Proven Mentors

Professors combine strong academic credentials and passion for teaching with real-world expertise and robust professional connections

Strategic Partnerships

Combined and dual degree programs through key alliances with the John Marshall Law School, McCormick Theological Seminary, Roosevelt University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Loyola University Chicago

Ideal Location

Scenic main campus on 37 wooded acres in suburban River Forest, minutes from downtown Chicago with access to the city's internships, career opportunities, arts, entertainment and shopping

  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association
  • Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Illinois State Board of Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
University Type

Private, not-for-profit, coed; Master's Colleges & Universities—Larger Programs

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic


Founded in 1901 as St. Clara College in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin; relocated to River Forest, Illinois in 1922 and renamed Rosary College; expanded to become Dominican University in 1997

Here are a few more quick facts you should know about Dominican.

Opportunity Index
  • 50+ undergraduate academic programs
  • 35 student clubs and organization
  • Seven professional and pre-professional programs
  • 25+ master's degrees and a PhD
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Fall applicant tuition deposit is refundable until May 1
Global Reach
  • Four continents where Dominican students study
  • 20 study abroad programs
  • Year of initial study-abroad program (one of the oldest in the nation): 1925
  • 20+ nationalities represented on campus
Community Demographics (Fall 2018)
  • 2,106 Undergraduate Students
  • 884 Graduate Students
  • 2,990 Total Enrollment
  • 939,000 square feet of buildings
  • Four residence halls
  • Two theaters plus rehearsal rooms, art gallery, and fashion and dance studios
  • 70,000+ square-foot central library with more than 300,000 materials
  • 10 miles to downtown Chicago
  • Thirty-acre main campus is in River Forest, a residential suburb located ten miles west of downtown Chicago. Classes are also offered at the Dominican Priory campus in River Forest as well as other sites in the Chicago area and on-line.
Tuition and Financial Aid (2019–2020)
  • Undergraduate: $33,950 per year full time ($1,133 per credit hour part time)
  • Graduate: $550 to $1,035 per credit hour, depending on program
  • Room and board: $10,549 to $12,680 (includes meal plan with flex dollars)
  • For the 2018-2019 academic year, 100% of all incoming freshmen received some form of financial aid with an average need-based scholarship/grant award of $24,366. The average total award, including institutional scholarship/grants, federal grants, state grants, work-study and student loans for freshmen is $31,862.